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I’m Directing This Flick

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Today is my favorite day of the year. The freshness of Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping, and, oh yes, today is also my Birthday.

As a child I never knew if the day would be spent playing outside with friends on the verdant, newly sprouted grass or cozied up inside with a round of hot chocolate for all as the early Spring winds blew whirlwinds of white snow off the two foot high snow banks outside. If I was still living in the north, this year I would be drinking hot chocolate today.

It’s a time of year full of surprises. Of course there are the April Fool’s Day pranks. My Grandmother would not believe it when my Dad told her my Mother had given birth to me. “I know what day it is,” she skeptically replied.

No joke. Here I am. And on this first day of the rest of my life, I’ve decided on a theme for the next 59 years.

“My life is a feel good movie of my own direction.” 

That means I choose to not include the drama, the tragedy and the fear that are part of all the other movies that people choose to live in everyday.

“But it’s not my fault,” is the common explanation on the lips of the victims of circumstances. Yes, it is easier to blame another for what happens in your life. When you do that, you give up your own control. Would you let someone push you out of the driver’s seat of your car and recklessly careen down the road? Of course not.

Your Life. It is Your Life.

Why allow someone else to drive you where you don’t want to go?

Nothing is more important than that you feel good. Like a feel good movie you want to see over and over again.

“Today, no matter where I am going, no matter what I am doing, no matter whom I am doing it with…nothing is more important than that I feel good.”  Abraham- Esther & Jerry Hicks

We Live in the Golden Age

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

April is the most transformational month. If you’re in a Northern climate, the white and frozen ground is, one day, revitalized green with perks of lavender crocuses and happy daffodils flourished with a bloom of amazing color.

Not yellow.

And you wouldn’t call it orange.

daffodilsThat special color is reserved for April, the fourth month of our year long color journey. We began with the palest pink of January, the luscious red of February, and morphed, rainbow style, into outstanding orange during March. Let’s not hurry April as she takes center stage with the fascinating hue, reserved for a precious metal.

The fascinating paradox in Florida is that in spring, the leaves turn a golden hue and fall to the ground like bountiful piles of shimmery coins. Immediately they are replaced by fresh verdant green leaves to decorate the bare tree limbs.

Autumn transforms to spring and totally bypasses winter. I’ve gotten over my need to personally experience the four seasons. It’s not for everyone but it suits me well.

No matter where you are, April’s unique color contribution to spring warms and delights. Just look at last golden rays of a sunset. All the earth is embellished with the color of golden promise.

A glow that forever reminds us of the richness of life.

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The First of Many

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Chirpy birds greeted me this morning as I opened the sliding door. My vista of blue skies and brilliant sunshine announced the glorious first day of April. My Birthday.

Two Boys and a Girl (8-12) Blowing Out Candles on a Birthday CakeGrowing up in Michigan, what the first day of April brought was not as predictable. Planning a Birthday party for myself and a dozen friends could mean outdoor games on the lawn beside the crocuses and daffodils. The warm spring breeze carried out shrieks and giggles throughout the neighborhood.

As we sat at the rickety folding table, on chairs decorated with crepe paper, I blew out the candles on my colorful cake, lovingly homemade by my aunt. After an off key rendition of Happy Birthday was sung, we devoured the cake with huge scoops of ice cream.

But just as common, an April snowstorm could keep we young revelers inside. The folding table fit snugly into the living room, leaving little room for play. We braved the cold for a snowball fight when we became too rambunctious inside. The friends did not mind the cramped quarters and the cake was just as good.

Today, I realize that everyday is just how we make it.

Sunshine or snow.

And my sister still called me to sing Happy Birthday, off key.

 

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." Voltaire


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Mary Ellen Lapp reveals how the colors we wear, and the colors that surround us, even the color of the car we drive, impact out self image and affects how we are seen by the people around us.

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